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Healing with Housing: Decriminalizing the Unhoused & Mentally Ill | A #BHeard Town Hall

Healing with Housing: Decriminalizing the Unhoused & Mentally Ill,” presented by BRIC TV in partnership with The City, will bring together experts and leaders to discuss the housing crisis facing communities throughout Brooklyn and the impact of different strategies to mitigate harm and create pathways towards economic justice.

Date

THUR, February 23, 2023,  7-8:30PM

Cost

FREE w/ RSVP

Location

BRIC House Ballroom
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Healing with Housing: Decriminalizing the Unhoused & Mentally Ill,” presented by BRIC TV in partnership with The City, will bring together experts and leaders to discuss the housing crisis facing communities throughout Brooklyn and the impact of different strategies to mitigate harm and create pathways towards economic justice.

 

A recent policy targeting unhoused New Yorkers sent waves across the city. This policy states that unhoused individuals who appear mentally ill can be forcibly hospitalized, raising serious questions about our treatment of those battling mental illness.

Many of society’s most vulnerable groups live at the intersection of mental health issues and housing displacement, as seen across populations such as those struggling with substance abuse, the formerly incarcerated, youth aging out of the foster care system, LGBTQ youth, and seniors. Many of these groups are also more likely to experience increased involvement with the criminal justice system and over-policing.

As we bring together a panel of experts, this town hall asks: is there a more proactive and sustainable approach to engaging with those living at the intersection of mental health issues and housing insecurity? How can we create a meaningful system of care while not compromising basic human and civil rights?

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#BHEARD TOWN HALL PANELISTS

 

Norman Siegel, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Lawyer

Norman Siegel is a civil rights and civil liberties lawyer who in 1968, joined the American Civil Liberties Union's Southern Justice and Voting Law Project and later became New York Civil Liberties Union’s Executive Director. Norman was on the frontline in some of New York City's most critical civil rights and civil liberties struggles; including the battle against involuntary hospitalization of people with mental illness; the struggle for improved community-police relations and greater accountability on the part of the NYPD. Norman helped initiate an organization called the Street Homeless Advocacy Project or SHAP and is a frequent contributor to many of the city's major newspapers and appears often in broadcast media, contributing to and enriching the debate on civil rights, race relations and civil liberties. 

 

 

*More speakers to be announced*

Venue Information:

A flexible performance space that accommodates a wide variety of configurations and performance styles. Located on the first floor of BRIC House. Visit our Accessibility page to learn more about access at BRIC.

Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email Safety@bricartsmedia.org. For our full BRIC House COVID-19 policy, visit: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/safety.